Gas line break slows Boniface traffic at Northern Lights
Boniface Parkway traffic was slowed Wednesday afternoon near Northern Lights Boulevard due to a gas line break, according to Anchorage police.
Police asked people to avoid the area of the East Anchorage break, in a social-media post just after 1 p.m. Boniface's northbound lanes were initially closed and a stoplight was down, but one lane reopened soon afterward.
Lindsay Hobson, a spokeswoman for natural gas utility Enstar, said a construction excavator had struck a 2-inch gas main.
"The area is safe and secure, and if all the lanes aren't back open they will be soon," Hobson said.
Anchorage Fire Department Assistant Chief Alex Boyd said Chugach Electric was asked to shut down power in the area as a precaution for about 45 minutes during the break, which was first reported at about noon.
”Basically what the gas does is it will follow trenches that have been dug, because it follows softer ground, so it’ll show up in junction boxes,” Boyd said.
Power was restored and AFD crews had left the scene by about 12:50 p.m., Boyd said.
Hobson urged people to call 811 at least 24 hours prior to any planned digging for a report on subterranean lines in the project area.